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Samantha Zighelboim with Ruth Madievsky

  • The Pop-Hop 5002 York Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90042 United States (map)
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Thursday, June 14, Samantha Zighelboim is in L.A. with her debut collection of poems, The Fat Sonnets from Argos Books. Joining Samantha is Ruth Madievsky, poet and pharmacist and author of Emergency Brake (2016) from Tavern Books.

"The Fat Sonnets are greathearted, wickedly brilliant, and wise. Samantha Zighelboim writes with rare passion and exactitude: she can cure, or kill what ails you, and yet she sings from the soul, which is beyond diagnosis, at once perfect; eternal and savagely hungry since whenever eternity began. Hilarious and cruel, every page swells with compassion. I love this book. It is deeply nutritious. It will feed you."  

—Ariana Reines

"Ruth Madievsky's first collection is an announcement like a bomb going off, like a super wave coming to swallow us up! For my part I am thrilled to be taken away by such energetic, funny, and heartbreaking work. This is a new voice made of sunlight, knives, emergencies, heat, honesty, bottles of vodka, and a tanker full of talent. Madievsky has created something we should not go without."

—Matthew Dickman 

Samantha Zighelboim is the author of The Fat Sonnets (Argos Books, 2018). She is a 2017 NYFA/NYSCA Fellow in Poetry, a recipient of a Face Out grant from CLMP, and the co-recipient of the 2016 John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize in Translation from The Poetry Foundation. Her poems and translations have appeared in Poetry, Boston Review, The Guardian (as part of Asymptote’s ‘Translation Tuesday’ series), PEN Poetry Series, Stonecutter, Fanzine, Public Pool, Sixth Finch, Bone Bouquet, and Springhouse, among others. She lives in New York City, and teaches creative writing and literature at Rutgers University and The New School.

Originally from Moldova, Ruth Madievsky is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist living in Los Angeles. Her debut poetry collection, Emergency Brake, was published by Tavern Books as their 2015 Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series selection. Ruth's poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, Zyzzyva, The Massachusetts Review, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She was the winner of The American Poetry Review's Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, The Iowa Review's Tim McGinnis Award for fiction, and a Tin House scholarship in poetry. When she is not writing, she works as a pharmacist.

See Tavern titles by Ruth Madievsky here.